In October of 2008, while living in Japan, he completed his first novel, From Thailand With Love. It is a thriller about the trafficking of adolescent Asian girls for prostitution in America. It is set in Brooklyn, NY but ranges over a number of locations, including Chicago, Duluth, Seattle St. Louis and San Francisco the U. S., and Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.
In November of 2009, he completed his second novel, The Man Who Loved Too Much, written over ten months, as he lived in and traveled through Japan, China, Nepal, and India. It follows the convoluted life of a young man from age 4 to 28, as he tries to find his place in the world. The story is set in Detroit, upstate New York, and New York City. At 800+ pages it is an epic. Perhaps it should have been titled The Man Who Wrote Too Much.
While writing his third and fourth novels, 11-11-11 and 12-12-12, he hopped around between Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea and the Philippines.
The guy just can't seem to settle down. He is now somewhat rooted in a small traditional farming village in Japan near Osaka, where he works on new stories and completes his latest project, Leaving On A Jet Plane, a creative non-fiction piece about his five plus years as a literary vagabond. His last permanent residence in America was Portland, Oregon where he had a state-of-the-art ProTools recording studio, music production house, radio promotion and music publishing company. He recorded and produced several artists in the Pacific Northwest, releasing and promoting their music on radio across the U.S.
You can follow his adventures and developing world view at: http://jdrachel.com.
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